In his 2020 Mock Draft, Dane has two players from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish predicted to go in the 1st round:
- OT Liam Eichenberg picked #27 overall by the Cleveland Browns
- DE Julian Okwara picked #31 overall by the Los Angeles Rams
Okay, a few things here.
I love Liam Eichenberg, and fully believe he is going to have a monster season for Notre Dame in 2019. Still... that’s still a projection. He had a good — not great — 2018 season. Becoming a 1st round draft pick would mean a major improvement on Liam’s part. There’s one other thing as well, and that’s the fact that Eichenberg will still have a year of eligibility left in 2020. Perhaps with some steady improvement, he can play his way into a top 5 or 10 selection. That’s a lot of money. (Also I REALLY want the entire starting offensive line to return in 2020).
We’ve all seen EDGE players go pretty high in the NFL Draft with a resume less than Okwara has right now. If Okwara has the type of season I think we all believe that he will have, I can’t see how he would fall out of the top 15.
I also think Khalid Kareem could go in the first round, but I’m not getting that ahead of myself. Not yet.